Communication and Media Studies

In this information age, art, literature, films, advertisements and technologies define our culture.

From Marshall McLuhan's theory of a global village to the advent of Facebook, the "new media" has overcome physical boundaries and radically altered the way we, as a global society, interact with one another. At Emmanuel, a concentration in communication and media studies can serve students in their future roles as citizens, cultural consumers and professionals in a society increasingly shaped by language and the media.

Major Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. Communication & Media Studies

1-3. Foundations of the Field  (three course)

  • COMM1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies (SA) (SS)
  • COMM2510 Professional Communication 
  • COMM2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media 

4. Textual Literacy (one courses)

  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2303 Dreams and Diversity in the American Novel (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2309 The Haves and the Have-Nots: American Authors on Money, Class and Power (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2323 Short Fiction (AI-L) (LI) 
  • ENGL2325 Spirituality and the Literary Imagination (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2402 Shakespeare: Tragedies, Comedies, Histories and Romances (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2406 The Rise of the British Novel (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2408 The Modern British Novel: Empire and After (AI-L) (LI) (DM) 
  • ENGL2410 African American Literary Giants 
  • ENGL2413 African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2604 American Voices II: U.S. Literature Since 1865 (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2703 Literature at the Border

5-7. Communication and Media Studies (two courses, at leat one must be 3000-level)

  • ART2213 Daguerreotypes to Digial Prints: The History of Photography (AI-A) (VCI) (DM)
  • COMM2521 Public Relations and Persuasion (LI)
  • COMM2523 Advertising and Culture
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film (AI-L)
  • ENGL2701 Literature and Film (AI-L) 
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3605 Global Literature and Film
  • POLSC2207 Politics and the Media
  • COMM3701 Media Theory 
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy 
  • ENGL3707 Film Theory  

8-11. Media Practice (three courses: at least one must be ENGL) AND ENGL4994/4995

  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communication (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2413 Photography I (AI-A)
  • ART2432 Poster Information and Design 
  • ART2443 Digital Photography I
  • ART3402 Interactive Design 
  • ART3431 Motion Graphics and Digital Animation 
  • ART3432 Package and Publication Design 
  • COMM2501 Journalism
  • COMM2525 Sport Communication 
  • COMM3311 Ethics in Documentary Film
  • COMM3501 Writing for Electronic Media 
  • COMM3708 Digital Culture
  • COMM3801 Feature Writing
  • COMM3806 Health Communication (SJ)
  • ENGL2504 Prose Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine
  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • POLSC2211 Campaign Strategies and Electoral Politics
  • SPCH1111 Public Speaking: Voice and Diction
  • AND
  • ENGL4994/ENGL4995 Internship I & II

12. Capstone Research Seminar (one course)

  • ENGL4998 Communication and Media Studies Senior Seminar

Minor Requirements

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Requirements for Minor in Communication & Media Studies

  • 1. COMM1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies (SA) (SS)
  • 2. COMM2510 Professional Communication OR COMM2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media 

Students must take three additional courses from the communication menu, one from each of the following categories:

  • 3. One course from the Communication and Media Studies Category
  • 4. One course from the Media Practice
  • 5. One 3000-level elective from any category

The communication and media studies minor is available to all students, including those majoring in English and Writing, Editing & Publishing

Learning Goals & Outcomes

The Communication and Media Studies major provides students with multi-disciplinary perspectives on media texts, production, and consumption, grounded in the study and practice of contemporary issues in the field. Coursework focuses on blending theory, methods, and experiential learning across the curriculum, allowing students to develop research literacy and practical skills that are valued in the workplace, such as:

  • Knowledge of the history of communication and media studies, including a practical understanding of its foundational theories and principles

  • Competency in qualitative media research, including approaches to textual analysis and audience research, through development of independent research projects

  • Proficiency in the practical skills associated with professional communications, such as public relations, advertising, journalism, etc.

  • Professional skills development via experiential learning through coursework, including an internship course

  • Experiential knowledge of multimedia storytelling and digital media production

  • Media literacy, particularly as it pertains to issues of equity, ethics, and social responsibility

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